Many Use Inauguration as Opportunity to Protest

Many Use Inauguration as Opportunity to Protest

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Keith McCord ReportingThis has been a big day in Washington, of course, but as usual, there have been those who are using the occasion to make a statement, or protest something. As President Bush delivered his inaugural address today, protesters were doing their thing in the crowd. Police removed several from the ceremony for yelling.

Later along the parade route, protestors broke down barricades. Police responded with tear gas. Hundreds of people waited for the President's motorcade so they could boo and shout anti-war messages.

John Seigenthaler, NBC News: "People have begun throwing things on the street. I believe we saw some trash being thrown, and just a lot of boos."

And then there's the "Dime" protest. Actually, it's called "Not One Damn Dime"-- a protest message that has circulated on the internet. In opposition to the Iraq war, the campaign urges Americans express their outrage buy not buying anything today! Make a statement by shutting the economy down. From what we could tell, Utahn's didn't support it.

Shopping center parking lots were full. Shopping carts at those shopping centers were full. Motorists were spending many dimes at the gasoline pumps and at drive-thru windows at fast food restaurants.

Other anti-war protests were held in other cities today, including one in front of the Federal Building in Salt Lake City.

According to a poll conducted for Eyewitness News by Survey USA this week, Utah is solidly behind President Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq. 59 percent support his strategy there, 35 percent do not.

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